updated 03:10 pm EDT, Tue September 2, 2008
Steve Jobs seriously ill?
Apple's CEO may in fact be seriously ill, says Dan Lyons, better known for his satirical Fake Steve Jobs character. Responding to suggestions that Jobs' medical problems have been overblown, Lyons claims to have learned that Jobs is suffering from some form of chronic condition, one which has not improved since his controversial WWDC appearance. "I can't really get into this," says Lyons, "but people close to him have been saying for quite a while (before the appearance onstage) that he's really sick. And someone who saw him last week says he still looks like [expletive]."
Jobs appeared unusually thin at WWDC, sparking rumors of revived cancer troubles despite a 2004 surgery for pancreatic tumors. Bloomberg's recent publishing gaffe, in which an incomplete obituary was released, has added to speculation. It is however common for news organizations to prepare obituaries for public figures, regardless of whether or not they are actually dying.
Apple has been reluctant to address the issue, saying that Jobs' health is a "private matter." Jobs is said to have told friends that he underwent a procedure in early 2008 to fix a problem responsible for some weight loss.